This article is presented by Rochester Manor+Villa and Beaver County Auto

Baking and cooking has always been a labor of love for Beaver Falls native, Barb Addy. Addy, whose maiden name is Mendicino, grew up in your prototypical large, Italian family in Beaver Falls. The oldest of four children, she began honing her skills in the kitchen alongside her grandmother. Over the years, Barb has enjoyed serving up delicious, gourmet meals for her friends and family. One of her specialities is her biscotti. Always a favorite, whether you’re Italian or not, Barb’s Biscotti officially launched this past June.

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Addy, discussing her roots, said, “My father actually came from a very large family and I probably have more first cousins than most people do relatives!  My grandmother, Domenica, who was born in Italy, lived with us. From the time I could walk, I helped her bake biscotti, pizzelles, and much, much more!  Using those traditional recipes, I incorporate her methods of baking, using all natural ingredients, to produce the highest quality biscotti, one batch at a time.  My roots are embedded in my business which produces a love-inspired product.”

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Addy’s biscotti have become a hit to everyone who has tasted them. They are soft, small, thin, and bursting with flavor, unlike some other types of biscotti you might see in stores, which are usually long, hard and crunchy. Addy’s biscotti are perfect for dunking in your morning coffee or ending your dinner with a delicious dessert, or “dolce.”

Addy’s journey to get to this point has taken many twists and turns. She graduated from Geneva College with a B.S. in Music Education and Elementary Education.  After teaching school for a number of years, she transitioned to the corporate world and for the past 20 years, has been selling educational testing and Special Education software. “I’m focused on my home-based business, a love of mine that I can now pursue,” Addy said.

“Community encouragement is what prompted me to start my own business! Having baked biscotti for years and given them as gifts to family and friends, they were always encouraging me to open a business of my own.  As it turns out, I left ‘Corporate America’ in January and never looked back. I knew exactly what I wanted to do,” Addy added.

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Barb’s Biscotti offers up anise, almond, coconut, orange, lemon, vanilla, and pumpkin biscotti. Each type of biscotti can be drizzled with different types of chocolate and nuts, according to your taste and preferences. One of the most unique services Barb’s Biscotti provides is the “biscotti bar.”  While the cookie tables at weddings in Pittsburgh are not to be rivaled, the biscotti bar is a welcome enhancement.  A biscotti bar is the perfect accompaniment to a coffee bar, and also pairs well with baby and bridal showers, communions or bar mitzvahs, or any other type of party. Barb’s Biscotti can also be given as gifts or shared at special events. No order is too small.

For more information, including pricing and ordering, visit her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbsBiscotti/ or by email – barbsbiscottipgh@gmail.com.

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Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando